“We are Incite, and we play heavy – f**king – metal”, so stated vocalist Richie Cavalera as his band took to the Shepherds Bush stage; his words echoing Motörhead’s famous call to arms.
And play HFM they did, energising the packed Empire with a seven song set that drew from three of their six studio albums: ‘Up in Hell’ ‘Built to Destroy’ and last year’s ‘Wake Up Dead’.
They were full of energy and put on a passionate show that saw the circle pit and crowd surfing start early. The drums of Derek Lennon Lopez and bass of Christopher “EL” Elsten holding down the groove while guitarist Mike DeLeon wielded his white SG (at one time behind his head) like a man possessed.
Cavalera leapt from speaker cabs, moshed around the stage and surprised the security guards by stage diving into the stalls. It would appear that Max Cavalera brought his stepson up properly!
The interval saw the crowd growing and the stage being set for the eagerly anticipated arrival of the Cavalera brothers and their band. Bathed in red with two huge TV screens framing the stage, the quartet entered to thunderous applause.
We were hoping for a few Sepultura tunes, but we weren’t quite prepared for twelve out of the thirteen song set to be songs by the band Max and Iggor formed in 1984 and have, under the moniker of Cavalera, re-recorded and released this year (both the ‘Morbid Visions’ LP and ‘Bestial Devastation’ EP have been re-recorded).
‘Bestial Devastation’ kicked us off – it’s chugging rhythm getting the audience bouncing and surfing. This flowed seamlessly into ‘Antichrist’ and ‘Necromancer’. “Welcome to 1983” screamed Max, clearly revelling in the nostalgia and the sheer amount of crowd surfers who were keeping the Empire security busy as they hoisted them one after the other over the barrier.
A recording of Carl Orf’s ‘O Fortuna’ saw the band leave the stage after this year’s ‘Sexta Feira 13’ as the TV screens displayed a touching tribute to Vania Cavalera (Max and Iggor’s mother) who died in July of this year.
They reappeared and launched into ‘Morbid Visions’, the first track from Sepultura’s debut album of the same name.
This band are fast, heavy and incredibly tight. There’s no denying the musicianship of the Cavaleras, along with bassist Igor Amadeus Cavalera (Max’s youngest son) and sweep-picking lead guitarist Travis Stone.
By the time they reached the end of the set with ‘Troops of Doom’ the crowd was a sweaty mess of bodies – battered and bruised from the pit and the endless crowd surfing but happy and counting themselves lucky to witness the last night of the UK leg of this European tour.
Cavalera tour Europe until the beginning of December.